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Academic FAQ

Helping Students Succeed
Frequently Asked Questions about Academics
How do you help with school refusal?

Behavior is a communicator, and school refusal is no exception. When a student refuses to attend school, they are indicating that something is damaged in their relationship to school, or to surrounding circumstances. It may be that their learning needs are not being met, or that they are becoming overwhelmed as expectations grow. It may be that they are being bullied, or are having trouble ‘fitting in.’ It may be the only way (or one way) they know how to get attention. At AAG we uncover the hidden message, and work to rebuild relationships to self, family, peers, as well as to schooling itself.

Why does my child underperform?

If your child is under-performing academically, there are many potential causes:

  • Undiagnosed or mistreated learning difference
  • Lack of study skills
  • Improper utilization of your child’s core intelligences
  • Using school as a form of rebellion
  • Sensory processing or social/emotional issues

No matter the challenge, Asheville Academy is here to help, and in most cases, has a proven track record of helping students with this challenge succeed in school.

Will my child fall behind?

No, and oftentimes we can faciliate credit recovery for those that may fall behind. Often, students that struggle in traditional academic environments thrive within our smaller, more personalized classroom setting. In addition, we have qualified teachers who are dedicated to seeing each child under their care succeed within our academic program which is accredited by AdvancED.

Can my child start in the middle of a school year?

Absolutely. We provide rolling admissions for new students year round and will work directly with your child’s home school to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Do you have classrooms?

Yes, we have five separate buildings for each major subject area and electives. Our homey classrooms are each located in a separate building spread across our forested academic hill, allowing students to focus and avoid distractions. Each class-building is named for an accomplished woman in the field of the content area taught there.

Is this online or “packet” work?

No, all of our core classes are taught by direct-instruction by qualified teachers. We have a fully accredited school onsite with content teachers offering an intimate, personalized academic environment where your child can receive the attention they need to succeed.

Can they receive honors credit?

Yes, as an accredited institution with teacher-led classes (not packet work), we focus on 6th-9th grade academic standards. For those requiring advanced work, students work with their teacher individually to receive honors credit while still maintaining an overall focus on making the emotional and behavioral changes that brought them to us.

What is the traditional school day?

Students are in a full day of classes Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm. Fridays are reserved for electives, personal growth curriculum, and community service projects. We have qualified teachers delivering curriculum approved by AdvancED.

What does the transition process look like for students leaving AAG?

Each student leaves Asheville Academy with a letter of recommended supports for their future school setting.  Families will work closely with our transition specialist, academic director, and therapist to find the appropriate next step.  We assist with letters of recommendation, test preparation, phone calls, and interview prep (as needed).

Come for a visit. Talk with one of our families. Make a life changing decision.

Enroll your child at Asheville Academy.


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AdvancEd, SEVIS, and CARF Certified

Support for Today and the Future

We strive to ensure students have all the tools they need to successfully transition to the next step in their journey after leaving Asheville Academy.